Vavuniya Archaeological Museum

Established in 1977, the Archaeological Museum at Vavunia preserves a valuable collection of items discovered in Vavuniya and its surrounding areas.
Vavuniya Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum of Vavuniya, Sri Lanka (Sinhala: වවුනියාව පුරාවිද්‍යා කෞතුකාගාරය; Tamil: தொல்பொருள் காட்சிச்சாலை, வவுனியா) is one of the Regional Museums Administered by the Department of Archaeology. It is located on the Jaffna-Anuradhapura main road about 550 m north of the Vavuniya Clock Tower.

The museum was established in 1977 to preserve and display valuable artefacts collected from Vavuniya and its suburbs (Rambukwella, 2014).

The museum preserves a collection of items discovered in Vavuniya and its surrounding areas including Kilinochchi, Settikulam, Madukanda and Mannar. Artefacts include Buddhist statues, Bodhisattva statues, coins, inscriptions, metal, stone and wood items and other monumental remains (Pushparatnam, 2014; Rambukwella, 2014). Objects are displayed in four gallery rooms.


1) Pushparatnam, P., 2014. Tourism and monuments of archaeological heritage in Northern Sri Lanka. Author Publication. ISBN: 978-955-0811-08-3. pp.154-155.
2) Rambukwella, M.W.C.N.K., 2014. Heritage representation in culturally diverse societies: a case study of the Colombo National Museum in Sri Lanka (Doctoral dissertation, School of Museum Studies). p.417.

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This page was last updated on 27 April 2023

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